I've already stuck a bareroot apricot into the ground, and it seemed for
the longest time that it was just a dead stick, but now it is covered
with buds which run up its trunk (4" or so), and out onto its 3 six inch
branches (there were 4 but one seems to have been broken). It seems
reasonable to me to remove the buds on the trunk, and leave the dozen or
so on the branches. Or do I want to leave the buds to invigorate the
tree, and trim them off, and shape the tree next winter? Any suggestions?
No, it's a genetic dwarf (miniature), not supposed to get taller than 10
I think I'll remove all the buds below the first branch (about 6 of
them), and any others that aren't separated from each other by 2 nodes.
That will still leave over a dozen buds, and then I'll try to shape it
next year, but I'm open to suggestions.
I removed the buds on the trunk below the first branch, and left about
24 buds, but I'm having second thoughts about some of them. The ones
that worry me are on the under side of the branches. I think I need to
take them out too, as those will end up being weak.
Oh, it's a Pixie-Cot genetic dwarf. I'm hoping for a tree in the 7' to
I guess I was wondering, if with fewer buds those that were left would
grow more luxuriantly, but you make a good point about the root system.
Since it's raining today, and supposed to rain the rest of the week, I
think my choice has been made. I'll stay dry, and the buds can stay.
trimming later after woody growth has happened
means the tree has to heal a woody cut instead of
a bud removal scar. i think the plant looks nicer.
that is just me. i seem to recall that it also
helps keep down the number of later sprouts from
i think with removing a few buds you won't harm
much at all, especially early in the season. it's
got plenty of time to recover any deficit.
repeated defoliation i would worry about, but
for some reason i don't think that is what you
are aiming at. ;)
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